Wednesday, October 1, 2014

This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell.

There has been a recent discovery of another security flaw in UNIX-based operating systems. This flaw does not pose a risk to most OS X users, excepting those who run web servers on their computers. Nevertheless, Apple has posted patch files, outside of their normal Security Update cycle. Here are links to the download pages for Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion. These fixes will probably also be included in the next Security Update, as well as the release version of Yosemite, coming very soon now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Outline of September 2014 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
Safari 7.0.6
iTunes 11.4
iTunes 11.4 now supports the ability to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 8.

System Requirements
OS X version 10.6.8 or later
400MB of available disk space
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Radio requires OS X version 10.7 or later
iTunes Extras requires OS X version 10.9.3 or later
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.07
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

       • Nikon D810
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Update
The OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. 

This update:

• Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication
• Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server
• Includes Safari 7.0.6
Security Update 2014-004 (Lion)
System Requirements
OS X 10.7.5
Security Update 2014-004 (Mountain Lion)
System Requirements
OS X 10.8.5
iOS 8
This update contains hundreds of new features.

System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Safari 7.1
The Safari 7.1 update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users and contains improvements to privacy, compatibility and security.
Xcode 6.0.1
What's new

Includes SDKs for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 8.0.

• Interface Builder renders your custom controls live in the design canvas
• Preview editor displays your UI in alternate sizes, orientations, and languages
• View debugging displays a 3D model of all view layers in your running app 
• SpriteKit level editor lets you design complete scenes for your games
• Localization workflow imports & exports .XLIFF, and generates base strings from code
• Performance tests run on OS X Server 3.2 alert you when a code change impacts speed
• Instruments has a beautiful new interface that is easier to configure

New features specific to iOS:

• Swift programming language with full Xcode integration for building iOS apps
• Playgrounds for experimenting with your Swift code
• SceneKit is now supported in iOS as well OS X
• Extensions for iOS and can be added to your app bundle as a new target
• Frameworks for iOS enable shared code among apps and extensions

* NOTE: Swift support for OS X is coming in a future Xcode update
iOS 8.0.1
Buggy; pulled!
iOS app updates too numerous to mention
The next meeting will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
A few resources for Mac newbies
Apple’s September 9 Special Event

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NCC-Mac September 2014 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, September 25, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. 

This month's topics are "A Few Resources for Mac Newbies" and "Apple’s September 9 Special Event."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Outline of August 2014 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
iTunes 11.3.1
iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcasts episodes in a list.

System Requirements
OS X version 10.6.8 or later
400MB of available disk space
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Radio requires OS X version 10.7 or later
iTunes Extras requires OS X version 10.9.3 or later
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

       • Nikon COOLPIX P340
       • Nikon 1 V3
       • Olympus OM-D E-M10
       • Olympus STYLUS 1
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4
       • Sony Alpha ILCE-7S
       • Sony Alpha ILCE-5000
       • Sony Alpha ILCE-6000
       • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II
       • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5
Safari 6.1.6 & Safari 7.0.6
Improvements to Security
Available for: OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.4
Pages 5.2.2 & Pages 2.2.2 for iOS
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, iOS 7.0 or later.
Keynote 6.2.2 & Keynote 2.2.2 for iOS
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, iOS 7.0 or later
Numbers 3.2.2 & Numbers 2.2.2 for iOS
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, iOS 7.0 or later
iMovie 10.0.5
This update includes iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater.
Compatibility: OS X 10.9.2 or later
The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
All Those Image Formats
Preview makes it easy to read Portable Document Files (PDFs) and open popular image files including 
JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.
Preview can open the following file types:
AI - Adobe Illustrator Artwork files
BMP – Windows Bitmap files
DNG – Digital Negative files
DAE - Collada 3D files
EPS – Encapsulated PostScript files (after an automatic conversion to PDF)
FAX – faxes
FPX – FlashPix files
GIF – Graphics Interchange Format files
HDR – High Dynamic Range Image files
ICNS – Apple Icon Image files
ICO – Windows icon files
JPEG 2000 – JPEG 2000 files
JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group files
OpenEXR – OpenEXR files
PS – Adobe PostScript files (after an automatic conversion to PDF)
PSD – Adobe Photoshop files
PICT – QuickDraw image files
PDF – Portable Document Format version 1.3 (1998) + some additional features
PNG – Portable Network Graphics files
PNTG – MacPaint Bitmap Graphic files
QTIF – QuickTime image files
RAD – Radiance Scene Description files
RAW – Raw image files
SGI – Silicon Graphics Image files
TGA – TARGA image files
TIF, TIFF – Tagged Image File Format files
XBM – X BitMap files
PPT – PowerPoint files
Beginning with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Preview restricts the Format option popup menu in the Save As dialog 
to commonly used types. It is possible to access the full format list by holding down the Option key when 
clicking the Format popup menu. (GIF, ICNS, JPEG, JPEG-2000, Microsoft BMP, Microsoft Icon, OpenEXR, 
PDF, Photoshop, PNG, SGI, TGA, TIFF)
JPEG
JPEG 2000
OpenEXR
PDF
PNG
TIFF
GIF
ICNS
BMP
ICO
PSD
SGI
TGA
RAW
GraphicConverter

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NCC-Mac August 2014 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, August 28, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. 

This month's topic is "All Those Image Formats."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Outline of July 2014 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
iOS 7.1.2
This update contains bug fixes and security updates, including:

• Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
• Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
• Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments

System Requirements
iPhone 4 or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th generation)
Security Update 2014-003 (Lion)
System Requirements
OS X 10.7.5
Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion)
System Requirements
OS X 10.8.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update
The OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:
Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks
Improves the reliability of wake from sleep
Includes Safari 7.0.5

System Requirements
OS X 10.9
iMovie 10.0.4
Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly.

OS X 10.9.2 or later
iTunes 11.3
iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director's commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall.

New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available—at no additional charge.

System Requirements
OS X version 10.6.8 or later
400MB of available disk space
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Radio requires OS X version 10.7 or later
iTunes Extras requires OS X version 10.9.3 or later
MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 2.9.1
This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full speed after waking from sleep.

System Requirements
OS X 10.9.2 and later
MBA41.0077.B11
Epson Printer Drivers v2.17 for OS X
This update installs the latest software for your EPSON printer or scanner for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.

System Requirements
OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and later
OS X Lion 10.7 and later
Mac OS X 10.6
The next meeting will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
MacMost.com

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NCC-Mac July 2014 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, July 31, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. 

This month's topic is “A good site for Mac application tips and tricks.”